1 Russian Drag Racing… 105 Years Ago

Russian Drag Racing… 105 Years Ago

  In 1909, the Russian magazine "Automobile" reported on a car race. The length of the route was one VERSTA - the unit of distance that is not used anymore and which was 1066 meters - roughly one kilometer. Cars, mopeds and
motorbikes took part in the race. It's not clear who won and which car brand was fastest at that race, but its relatively short distance might allow us to call it the first drag race in the history of Russia.

1 Lviv Bus Factory

Lviv Bus Factory

  The Lviv Bus Plant  is a Soviet and Ukrainian company, founded on May 21, 1945. At first, the plant produced shops on wheels, cranes, road trailers. In 1956 the plant
 had produced the first bus LAZ-695 and since that moment serial production of buses had been started. On March 12, 2013 a factory conveyor LAZ was stopped.

1 Car on Ice At Night Illuminated from Underwater

Car on Ice At Night Illuminated from Underwater

We've had car on the Baikal lake ice already here. This is something alike, but different. This is the same place, but at night with some artificial illumination planted beneath the ice. I don't recall seeing something
like this before. So here is the story, told by the authors: "We didn't know if we would be able to illuminate the car thru the one meter (3 feet) thick ice. However we decided to give it a try..."

19 Heroic Stalin Museum

Heroic Stalin Museum

In the Belarus Republic, there is a museum called the "Line of Stalin". It is supported by the president of Belarus (as stated on their website) and they don't curse Stalin here, they don't praise him, but they
glorify Stalin's fortification system to protect the Soviet Union. So they have a monument of Stalin with flowers and wreaths, their official logo features Stalin in what looks to me to be a heroic image:

2 Combat Training of The Greyhound

Combat Training of The Greyhound

Combat training of "Patsir" (NATO name "Greyhound") took place in Primorye. It is a Russian combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system. It represents the latest air defence technology by using phased-array radars for both target acquisition and tracking. Basically, what I got from explanations people left in
comments, is that a few air defense complexes are being used. Some of them are a larger range and can overcome targets further away. Then if the targets in question still managed to pass through the smaller defense complexes then this Pantsir-Greyhound came into play. Any targets who managed to get past the defense are meant to be met by canons.
23 Ukrainian Soldiers Keep Leaving Crimea

Ukrainian Soldiers Keep Leaving Crimea

More and more Ukrainian army forces are reportedly leaving the territory of Crimea. Here are a couple of photos. In the picture above, a
Russian soldier is showing the way to the Ukrainian tank, which is going to be loaded onto the train (north of Crimea, March, 27).
2 Missile Systems Under Disguise

Missile Systems Under Disguise

    Russian strategic rocket forces take necessary measures to enhance manoeuvrability and survivability of
mobile basing combat missile complexes - they need to be disguised well. This is how they cover their weapons. 
4 Perestroika That Never Hits the Road

Perestroika That Never Hits the Road

When "Perestroika" - a term coined by Mikhail Gorbachev, was a trend in one large country, another "Perestroika" which literary means "rebuilding" was conceived by the engineers of Minsk Auto Factory or MAZ, one of the largest Soviet truck manufacturers. This somehow unusual looking truck is
"Perestroika" itself. You might have already noticed a gap between the truck's cab and the headlights, that is because the truck was not one solid truck but rather a set of modules or blocks that could be conjoined. Let me try to explain what this Perestroika truck was about.

10 How Russian BTRs Are Being Assembled

How Russian BTRs Are Being Assembled

Here we get a chance to peek inside the factory that assembles BTRs, Russian military reconnaissance vehicles. It is a military oriented factory, so there is a special controlling unit making sure that you don't capture in your
viewfinder anything they don't want to be seen, however we did get those photos and I find them pretty interesting. The assembly of a BTR starts with a fully pre-made body. It comes from a factory nearby, already painted and

4 Making Communications For the Russian Army

Making Communications For the Russian Army

In Kaluga, Russia, they apply the newest technologies to make communication tools of the future for the Russian army - mobile communication
hardware, command and control vehicles, telemetry equipment, automobile electronics, telecommunication cabinets and racks, etc.

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